Weekend Forecast: 9/30/11

Michael Shannon in Take Shelter The best… Take Shelter. Jeff Nichols’ Shotgun Stories was one of the more promising debuts in recent memory. Here he reunites with his Shotgun star Michael Shannon for the story of a small town Ohio man with a loving wife (Jessica Chastain) and a deaf daughter. Life is enough of (read…)

Trailer: Malk Wahlberg in ‘Contraband’

For the most part, this remake of Iceland’s Reykjavik-Rotterdam about a former criminal who gets dragged back into the business looks to be a pretty ordinary genre thriller. On the other hand, it’s got a solid cast including Mark Wahlberg, Giovani Ribisi, J.K. Simmons, Lukas Haas, Kate Beckinsale and Ben Foster. Also, actor turned director (read…)

Trailer: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

And then there’s this. It’s a fine book title, but kind of a terrible movie title. Reminds me of a Sesame Street skit. “Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close tells the story of one young boy’s journey from heartbreaking loss to the healing power of self-discovery, set (read…)

Moneyball (2011)

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Moneyball (Note: I decided I can’t really talk about the good and bad of Moneyball without spoiling the historic circumstances around which the movie is based. If you don’t know how the 2002 baseball season turned out and want to maintain that element of suspense, don’t read this review.) (read…)

Indie hit ‘Weekend’ poised to expand

After scoring solid opening weekend numbers in its single New York location last weekend, the widely praised gay romance Weekend is set to hit the LA area on September 30th while also hitting VOD for those who don’t live in NY or LA. It will make another expansion into Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and (read…)

Poster: Emily Watson in ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

Click to enlarge Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving star in Jim (son of Ken) Loach’s Oranges and Sunshine. Check out the trailer here. And here’s the official blurb: “Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the (read…)

UK Character Posters: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

Click to enlarge Even art films get the character banner treatment these days! Having said that, I really like this one of Kirsten Dunst. Hit the source, Empire Online, for a bunch more including the director himself. Lars von Trier’s Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard, John Hurt and Kiefer Sutherland opens in (read…)

Awards Daily’s Oscar Roundtable – Scene the First

Slip on your Depend® adult undergarments and fasten your seat belts boys and girls. That popping feeling behind your ear drums means its Oscar Season again. I know. It’s too damn early and there are too many damn movies to see to even be thinking about this stuff, yet it’s happening whether you’re thinking about (read…)

Poster: Steven Spielberg’s War Horse

Click to enlarge Instead of “Christmas” they should’ve just cut to the chase and put “Oscar Season” I know I’m being cynical, but I can’t help it. Having said that, I’m always excited to see what Spielberg has up his sleeve even when it turns out to be Amistad. (via: Entertainment, Weakly)

Tony Bennett’s Fall Movie Reviews

Alec Baldwin can’t sing, but he does a fantastic Tony Bennett anyway. In ten years maybe we can count on Ben & Jerry’s Drenched Kulats. Stranger things have happened.


Does Moneyball get on base? Going in to Moneyball (*** 1/2), I was scratching my head trying to figure out how they were going to make a crowd-pleasing Hollywood movie out of a story that doesn’t have a happy Hollywood ending. It turns out they did it with a little narrative jujitsu that focuses the (read…)

Guest Podcast: The Projection Room, Episode 18

I met fellow bloggers Marco and Rebecka Duran over the summer at the Los Angeles Film Festival and they were kind enough to invite me to join them for an episode of their weekly podcast over at The Projection Room. We talked about Brad Pitt’s new release Moneyball and the certifiable film classic The Maltese (read…)

Trailer: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Elmo came along long after my days as a Sesame Street watcher so I never felt the cutesie magic, but I’ve known plenty of little kids who adore him and it’s hard to deny the gently sweet appeal. Whether you find Elmo cute or annoying, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is apparently a doc to (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Play ball!

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Moneyball, your LiC pick of the week A couple of people have noted that they find the Weekend Forecast to be too snarky. It’s true that tends to be my fallback attitude for movies I haven’t seen for which I’m not in the target demo or that otherwise look (read…)

Poster: Meryl Streep is The Iron Lady

Click to Enlarge Yahoo has debuted the poster for Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher flick The Iron Lady. I pretty much unreservedly dig Meryl, but I’m having a rough time warming up to this one. I tend to be anti-bio anyway, but the teaser for this one just seemed kind of silly. The poster’s a little (read…)

From Page to Screen: Drive

Note: If you’ve seen Drive or read the book but not both, I don’t think there is anything here that will ruin any surprises that might be waiting for you despite changes from one to the other. If you haven’t experienced either, you’ve probably already decided whether or not you want to risk having the (read…)

Another Another Trailer: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Now they’re coming out when I’m asleep too. I don’t think this one needs any further introduction. Check it out in HD at Apple.

Another Trailer: Aki Kaurismaki’s Festival hit ‘Le Havre’

Apple has the HD US trailer and a poster for Le Havre, which turns out to be exactly the same as the international trailer that made the rounds a couple of weeks back (and which I’ve embedded above). The difference now is that Le Havre is officially now Finland’s selection for foreign language Oscar consideration, (read…)

Trailer: Liam Neeson in ‘The Grey’

I never saw Narc, which is rumor has it is the high-water mark of Joe Carnahan’s directorial career so far, and I skipped The A-Team because life is too short and there are too many good movies left to see, but I did see Joe Carnahan’s uniquely awful Smokin’ Aces. Even so, I have to (read…)

Trailer: The Lie

Joshua Leonard, who was so terrific in Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, stars in his own indie directorial debut The Lie. It’s a drama with comedic overtones about a man who tells a huge lie to get out of work only to have it blow up in his face. Jess Weixler, who was very good in (read…)

UK Trailer: Rachel Weisz in Terence Davies’ ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

The Deep Blue Sea was one of the more anticipated films to make its way through September’s festival gauntlet where it came away with respectful if not rapturous reviews. Terence Davies adapts Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play with Rachel Weisz as a woman who has an affair with RAF pilot Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Midnight in Paris). (read…)

Poster #2: Juno Temple is a ‘Dirty Girl’

Click to Enlarge This new version of the poster for the indie comedy Dirty Girl comes by way of Yahoo Movies. Rising star Juno Temple (Cracks, Kaboom, The Three Musketeers) plays Danielle, the bad girl of a small town high school who is teamed up for a parenting exercise with the class nerd. The two (read…)

Pulling a U-turn on ‘Drive’

“Stand back. This could get ugly.” Ok. I don’t like to do it, but I have to admit I was wrong. I misjudged Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. After seeing it a 2nd time, having had a few more days to think about it and having talked it over some with people who liked it better (read…)

Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’

In case there was any doubt in your mind, awards season is upon us. Apple debuted the trailer this evening. Embed courtesy of Awards Daily. Listen to this for an idea of how Hoover sounded and decide for yourself how well DiCaprio does.

UK Trailer: Andrea Arnold’s ‘Wuthering Heights’

I loved Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank so her spin on Emily Bronte’s beloved novel was one of the films out of Venice and Toronto I was most curious to hear about. Check out the UK trailer above (via The Guardian) and a roundup of critical reactions here. Wuthering Heights opens in the UK on November (read…)

Return trip with Drive

I’ve been out of town all weekend and just returned to LA by way of Squalling Toddler Airlines  so I’m going to make my part of the Watercooler shortish this week. Despite being focused on other more important endeavors, I managed to take another crack at Drive. Yes, it’s better than my first impression of (read…)

Trailer: The Women on the 6th Floor

Set in Paris in 1960, Fabrice Luchini (Potiche, The Girl from Monaco) plays Jean-Louis a middle class man living a middle class life with his wife played by Sandrine Kiberlain (Mademoiselle Chambon) whose humdrum existence is injected with new life when he discovers the women on the 6th floor of his building: the Spanish maids (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Drive, he mumbled

Albert Brooks, the best part of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive Just because I wasn’t totally crazy about it, doesn’t mean Drive can’t be the LiC pick of the week… and so it is. Drive (***). Ryan Gosling is a mechanic/stunt driver by day and a getaway driver for hire by night. When one of his (read…)

Trailers: Emily Watson in Oranges and Sunshine and another Muppet teaser

Emily Watson stars in Oranges and Sunshine as a UK social worker who discovers that thousands of abandoned children were shipped off to a life of abuse in “work homes” in Australia in the ’50s and ’60s. This is the first feature from Jim Loach, the son of Ken Loach. Cohen Media Group will release (read…)

Poster/Trailer: Cameron Crowe’s ‘We Bought a Zoo’

Click to enlarge Apple has the trailer (streaming after the jump) for Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit and Elle Fanning. Here’s the Apple blurbage: “This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single (read…)

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